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Will William Bartlett
In the Name of God Amen I William Bartlett of the township of Rostraver County of Westmoreland and Commonwealies of Pennsylvania be much indisposed in body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of mankind and that all men has once to die and after death to arise to Judgment do think proper to order my affairs in the following manner.
First I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a christian and decent manner not doubting but at the Resurrection I shall be raised from the dust to meet the Lord the Supream Judge of the universe and as touching my worldly substance with which it has pleased God to bless me I will ordain and bequeath in the following manner
Item 1st I allow all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid out of my estate
Item 2d I will and bequeath to my beloved Wife Joanna Bartlett all my Estate both real and personal to improve for her maintainance as long as she lives and if the income sufficient she may dispose of any parts thereof as she pleases to support her while she lives, and at her ___ she is to dispose of the remainder in form as follows
Viz Item 3rd I will and bequeath to my Son Benjamin Bartlett five pounds if living at the time of my decease and no more as he has had a full share of my estate already
Item 4th all the remainder of my Estate to be equually divided amongst my Children that is to Henry Bartlett Pyam Bartlett, George Bartlett and Theresa Bartlett having reference to what may appear that either of them has already received of my estate and ___ item to be an equall balance
Item I nominate ordain and appoint Edward Cook Esqr John Right Esqr my wife Joanna Bartlett, Henry Bartlett and Pyam Bartlett to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament and furthermore I revoke and disunull all former Wills & Testaments whatsoever as touching my Estate and constitute ordain confirm and appoint this my last will and Testament December 18 1794
Singed sealed and Executed in presence of
Andrew Roberson James Caldwell, James Kirkpatrick William Bartlett [seal]
Proved January 23d 1793 & Recorded same day.

Robert Bell

Contributed by Harold Spaugy


Estate Valued at $2,500 is Bequeathed to Widow.

The will of Robert Bell, late of Mount Pleasant township was probated in the register of wills office at Greensburg Tuesday afternoon. The estate is valued at $2,500 and Elmer E Bell is the executor of the will. The estate was bequeathed to the widow, Minerva Bell, with the exception of the parlor furniture and sewing machine, which have been bequeathed to Clara G Bell, a daughter after the death of the widow. It was the request of the testator that the title to the homestead shall remain in the family as long as possible.

The Daily Courier, Wednesday, July 14, 1920

Will of David Bricker - 1795
Contributed by Shirley Maynard.


In the Name of God Amen this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five I David Bricker of South huntingdon Township County of Westmoreland and state of Pennsylvania being in a weak & low state of body but blessed be God of perfect mind and memory Calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in a decent & christian manner not doubting but at the General Resurrection on I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate it has pleased God to bless me I do give demise and dispose of it in the following manner. I do give and bequeath to Susannah my well beloved wife all my household furniture likewise the wheat in the barn for bread and the corn in the ground and likewise the field now in corn to put in fall crop and one cow her choice one stack of hay and one of oats and her choice of two hogs for meat and all the flax and wool belonging to me and the third part part of the remainder of my Estate and the remaining two parts to my two children Katharine & Rosanna to each an equal part and I do nominate and appoint Luis Caster and Garret Kemp Executors of this my last will Testament making null & void wills Testaments or Executors by me at any time before made named or appointed Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the date before written.

David (X his mark) (seal)

Signed sealed & Delivered in presence of Thomas Jones, David Vance, Mathias Camp
Proved October 21st 1795 & Recorded same day & c.

Will of James B. Brown
Contributed by Shirley Maynard.

No 89 of 1896, Will of James B. Brown, Latrobe Pa.

Latrobe Jan 3, 1896 i Jas B. Brown of Latrobe Westmoreland Co. Pa. To James J.? Brown witch he has a boock acount of money wittch he has paid over his Board which he has a right to and after he gets this amount then he gets equil share with the rest of the airs, John W. Brown, Sam O. Brown, Marget A. Daugherty, Miss Almira F. Brown, Mrs. Emily R. Fisher, James Z. Brown My wife is to have privlge of the the house as long as she lives. My hand is inclosed this 3 day of January 1896.

James B. Brown
Apr 3rd 1896 will filed and duly probated, and letters admr. Cta were issued to Da Fisher on April 13 1896 testator died March 12 1896 at about 3:15 Pm
Jno R Oursler Register

Wills - John Eberts
Contributed by Rich Bentley <RichBentley at sbcglobal.net>

From Westmoreland County Pennsylvania Will Book # 6, pages 240 & 241

No 10 of 1878. )
Last Will and Testament of )
John Eberts )
Derry Township dec’d )

In the name of God amen, I , John Ebarts of Derry Township Westmoreland County Pennsylvania considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and that I may be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do make and publish this my last will and testament, revoking any and all wills by me heretofore made.

First and principally I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a becoming manner, and as to such worldly goods as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows.

I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary if she survives me all my household goods in or about the house, during the term of her natural life. Also, she to have the use of Two Cows, and Ten Sheep with feed and pasture, if my said wife sees proper. She may dispose of my goods, bequeathed by me to her, in any she sees fit to do any effects she may leave at her death not disposed of. I bequeath to my children to be divided among them as near equally as possible.

As to my Real Estate I will and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Catherine now married to George Long a certain piece of land beginning at patition fence and formerly of James Long then down said fence to Township Road then down said road to land of Rees Jones, then with the same and other land to place of beginning. Containing eight or ten acres more or less.
I will and bequeath the balance of my Real Estate being the farm on which I now reside to my son Jacob Eberts, if my wife survives me she to occupy dwelling house and privileges during her natural life she to have one half of the product of the farm while she lives, and my son Jacob the other half.
At my death I will my son Jacob all my personal property not otherwise disposed of including growing crops of any kind. he my said son Jacob to pay all my just debts, funeral expenses of myself and wife if she survives me, as well as to pay costs and charges of proving this my last will and testament, and have erected a head and foot stone at my grave, and that of my wife Mary.
I will and bequeath my son Samuel the sum of Six hundred dollars.
I will and bequeath my daughter Mariah the sum of Seven hundred dollars.
I will and bequeath my daughter Sarah Catharine Five hundred dollars, the said bequests in money not payable until one year after my death, or one year after the death of my wife Mary if she survives me, then to be paid the different parties by my son Jacob the sum of One hundred dollars yearly to each of them without interest until the bequests is satisfied.
I will and bequeath to Rachel Dunlap at her marriage or one year after my death if married One Bed and bedding, One Bureau, One Table Six Chairs and one Cow. My intention in this last bequest to Rachel Dunlap, is she to have articles named at her marriage if the same does not occur until after my death, then my son Jacob to furnish them to her.
I will and bequeath One Bed bedstead and bedding to each of my daughters, Mariah intermarried to Garrett Winings and Sarah Catharine married to George Long to be given after the death of my wife Mary.
I further hereby appoint my sons Jacob and Samuel Eberts my Executors to carry out all my intentions as declared in this my last will and testament. The bequest made to Rachel Dunlap is to be common articles.

In Witness I set my hand and seal the tenth day of December, One thousand Eight hundred and Seventy three– John Eberts (seal)

By request of testator and in presence of each other we witness the same
James Cunningham
James Rutledge

March 1st 1878. Legally proved and approved same day recorded and Letters Testamentary granted to the within named Executors who were sworn before me

MB Snodgrass, Register
Testator died January 4th, 1878, 2 O’Clock A.M.

Wills - Walter Evans
Contributed by Rich Bentley <RichBentley at sbcglobal.net>

Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Will Book # 2, pages 55 & 56, Recorded January 18, 1822

Walter Evans)
Will 739 )

In the Name of God Amen I Walter Evans of Hempfield township Westmoreland County being at the point of death But of Sound Mind memory & understanding Does Not know when the Lord God calls me off from this world & in hopes he will be Mercy to my poor Soul after this life depart from my body & lade in rest with Jesus the father Son & Holy Ghost be merciful unto me poor sinner
First I appoint Jacob Stoff My Son in Law & William Evans My son to see & settle all My afair & See your Mother justified in all my affairs
Secondly Bury me in a Decent like manner in Mountpleasant Church yard along side of Mathew Adams& be caried to the Grave by My Six Sons & Henry & his Mother behind
Thirdly Make vendue of all my farm utensils & what you see fit only the old mare if you See fit to keep her & some Household furniture what you see necessary that she may live comfortly and the money & Debt arising from the vendue & what is owing to me Pay all my lawful debts to one cent
Fourthly if there is as much left after my Debts is paid buy four Bibles one for Walter one for William one for James & one for Polly with one dollar & the Lord gives them grace to understand what they Do read
Fiftly I remit to Missy Stoffer my Daughter fourteen Dollars to by a Saddell for his wife & also to Polly Ebert my Daughter twenty Dollars to buy a saddle some household furniture & the remainder to be given to the remainder to be given to the Mother as she stands in need of it & James & John & Richard you to see her well kepp in a descent manner this given from under my hand & seal this 26th day of Dec 1821 Westmoreland County ss Walter Evans - (seal)

Isaac Sowash )
Henry Assire ) Before me the Subscribed Register in & for the said County came Isaac Sowash & Henry Alpiar the Subscribing Witnesses to the within Will who being duly sworn agreeably to Law deposeth they were present & heard Walter Evans the testator therein Named pronounce & declare the same was his Will & testament that at same time he was as they believe of sound disposing mind memory & understanding that they Signed as Witness thereto in presence of the testator & at his request that the names Isaac Sowash & Henry Alpire are the proper handwriting of the deponents
Sworn & Subscribed the 18th January 1822 Isaac Sowash
Henry Assire
Robt Montgomery Recorded the18th day of January 1822

Will of Jonathan Gunnell
Contributed by Shirley Maynard.

Will of Jonathan Gunnell

In the name of God Amen. I Jonathan Gunel of Hempfield Township in the County of Westmoreland, Being of Sound disposing mind, Memory, and Understanding, Thanks be to Almighty God for the Same, Being mindful of my mortality do make and Constitute this my last will and Testament-First and principally I recomend my immortal Spirit to God who gave it in hopes of a joyful resurrection, and my body ? the earth) where it shall please God to Seperate my Soul and body to be buried decently, at the discretion of my executor- And as to such worldly Estate, Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I give and dispose thereof as follows-Item. It is my will and I do bequeath unto my beloved wife Pamela Gunel all and every of my goods and chattles which are left at the time of my death After the payment of my Just Debts and funeral expenses during her natural lifetime or so long as she shall remain my widow. And if she should marry again after my deciese My will is that she have one good bed and the whole of the parlour & kitchen furniture which shall belong to her at the time of my deciese. Further it is my will that if my beloved with Pamela should marry or after her death, that my effects or the residue thereof not disposed of shall be equally divided between my children to wit Corben Gunel, Beverly Gunel, John Gunel and Kitty Gunel & I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Pamela Gunel to be my Sole Executrix, of this my last Will and Testament I publish and declare this and none other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the Twentieth day of July in the Year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one-1831.

Jonathan Gunnell (seal)

George M. Ohling
George Robinson

Legally proved and approved this 2nd day of June A.D. 1847. Same day recorded and Letters of Administration With the Will annexed granted to Corbon Gunnell and William Hillis Administrators sworn Before Me.

D. Cook Regr.

Inventory of John Moore of Derry Township.
Contributed by Shirley Maynard.

Westmoreland County

Inventory of John Moore of Derry Township.

Oath Of Appraisers
State Of Pennsylvania
Westmoreland County, 88

Before me a Justice of the peace in and for seal County, came John B. McClosky and Joseph Burkholder being duly qualified according to law, say that they will well and without prejudice or partiality, value and appraise the property of John Moore late of Derry Township which Susan Moore the widow of deceased shall select to retain under the provisions of the act of assembly of 14th April, 1851, and in all respects perform their duties as Appraisers, to the best of their skill and judgement.

Sworn to and subscribed this 29th day of Dec A.D. 1865, before me Michael Cherns, JP
John B. McClosky
J L? Burkholder

Inventory and Appraisement of the Goods and Chattels which were of John Moore deceased, retained by Susan Moore the Property of said deceased, under Act of Assembly approved April 14th, 1851, taken and made in conformity with the above deposition this 29th day of December A.D. 1865

One Bay Mare 55.00
One gray Mare 50.00
One Sucking Colt 20.00
Black Cow 30.00
one spotted cow 30.00
one lot of hay 10.00
one windmill and fork 1.00
one two horse wagon 15.00
one fork and shovel 00.10
one wheelbarrow 00.30
Harness 1.00
1 Grindstone 00.75

one ten plated stove 00.25
Cooper tools and cross cut saw 00.25
Broad ax and sundries 00.50
1 vinegar Bbl and ax stand 00.10
Sundries 00.10
one tie hook and sund 00.20
one crout cutter 00.20
one pot 00.10
one crow bar and sund 00.50
one crout stand 00.10
one cooking and ? 2.00
two wash tubs 00.50

One Bureau 3.00
one Brass Clock 00.50
one Looking glass 00.10
two tables and one stand 1.25
one setter and chairs 1.00
one chest 00.25
one cupboard and dishes 1.00
two Bedsteads one Bedstead and Bedding and two feather ticks 4.00
Total 239.70